Police continue to probe deaths of student backpackers as friends pay tribute

Tributes have continued to pour in for the two British backpackers found dead last week on a beach on the Thai island of Koh Tao, one of whom was University of Leeds graduate David Miller.

Miller and University of Essex student Hannah Witheridge were found dead in the early hours of the morning on Monday 15th September. It was later confirmed by Thai police that the pair had been murdered.

The pair both suffered severe head wounds, thought to have been inflicted with a garden hoe. They had been attending a beach party in the late hours of Sunday night.

Last week Thai police questioned a British backpacker as well as three migrant workers have been questioned in relation to the murder. A suspect has not yet been named.

Police have examined CCTV footage released late last week shows the pair near the scene of the killings, as well as a possible suspect pacing in front of the camera.

DNA tests also revealed the DNA of two Asian men were present on Witherirdge’s body.

Investigations have reportedly been halted by widespread silence from locals on the island.

Miller had graduated from his degree in Civil and Structural Engineering in June. He was on course to achieve a first class degree. He was planning to complete a master’s degree after he returned from his travels.

Emotional tributes to the pair have been sent out from their friends and family since Monday. Miller’s girlfriend Jessy Ryan Howorth, who also attended Leeds University, posted this heartfelt message: “My best friend and the love of my life. We were meant to have so much more time together but I’ll continue loving you everyday forever x”.

Meanwhile, a Facebook page set up in the memory of Hannah Witheridge has gained over 5,000 followers.

Sean Hayes

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